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Secrets Of Clip-in Hair Extensions

Secrets Of Clip-in Hair Extensions

Karen Marie Shelton
Original Publication Date: 09/01/2006

Introduction

Imagine that you had your own fairy godmother on call 24/7 to wave her magic wand and instantly transform your tresses to just about any length, texture or color your heart desired. Bad hair days would no longer ever be a threat since you could instantly change your hair to hide overgrown roots, add on a few highlights or lowlights, minimize split ends or banish frizz.

Believe it or not, most major celebrities already have such a person on their speed dials offering a mind blowing array of hairstyle possibilities for the latest Red Carpet appearance.

You've seen them, beautifully attired celebs with gorgeous full styles ending in lush waves, curls and perfect side swept bangs. They also have walk in closest with special sections dedicated to their eye popping collection of wigs, add-on ponytails, chignons and hair pieces.

Yes its true that hair consumers don't always have the same advantages as celebrities who must become adept at constantly changing their tresses for whatever role they happen to be playing at the time.

The good news? The add-on hair industry has changed drastically over the past few years. The wigs and add-on hair pieces popular from years gone by have been completely revamped, reworked and revolutionized. Even better, add-on hair extensions and pieces are now definitely affordable.

Definition Of Hair Extensions

Generally speaking, add-on hair, whether human of synthetic, basically is attached to the human head through either the fusion or clip-in process.

Fusion Hair Extensions

Hair extensions applied through a fusion method is the traditional method of hair extensions where human or synthetic hair is fused via a variety of methods ranging from hand tying to the utilization of adhesives.

When hair is extended through a fusion technique it is considered semi-permanent since the hair will remain in place anywhere from a few weeks to a few months depending on a variety of factors.

Clip-In Hair Extensions

When hair extensions are applied using clip-ins, hair is literally attached through a variety of methods ranging from snap on clips or other forms of attachment devices usually in some form of clip.

Hair can be temporarily attached for the purpose of adding length, texture, volume or even highlights and lowlights. Add-on hair traditionally comes in the form of clip-on ponytails, chignons or kits including individual "hair wefts" designed to be strategically merged into the existing hair.

Also known as clip-ins, clip-ons, pop-on or add-ons, add-on hair extensions offer anyone, celeb or not, the option to treat their tresses as a true fashion accessory that can be instantly changed.

Advantages & Disadvantages

Fusion Hair Extensions

Hair extensions applied through one of the current fusion methods offers a more permanent solution for anyone interested in changing the appearance of their hair's type, texture, color or length for a period of weeks or months. The majority of hair consumers that opt for traditional fusion attachment will usually visit a hair extension expert for the application of the hair which can be custom colored, cut and styled for a perfect integration.

The disadvantage to traditional fusion methods, whether applied at a salon on by sophisticated DoItYourselfers (DIYers) is the commitment of time and money required for the best results.

While some hair extensions experts have become very streamlined in the process of fusion hair, it still requires travel to a salon and a process taking anywhere from a few to several hours at the salon.

Depending on the fusion method and type of hair selected regular maintenance visits to the hair extension expert may also be required.

Fusion hair extensions are perfect for some people but not for others. The same is true for temporary clip-on extensions.

Temporary Clip-On Extensions

Clip-on hair extensions, whether add-on ponytails, chignons, individual kits like a two or ten piece extensions kit or the revolutionary new HairDo line by Jessica Simpson from HairUWear can be attached in a few minutes.

Add-on ponytails, braids and chignons merged into your own hair via a jaw clip can take literally less than five minutes.

The new Jessica Simpson line incorporates the latest state-of-the arts designs in add-on hair extensions. A lightweight piece embedded with sewn-in hair clips can be integrated to your own hair within a matter of five minutes. Almost anyone can easily apply the HairDo line with a snap of the hair clips and a finger tousle through the attached hair piece.

One disadvantage with clip-on extensions is the fact they are completely temporary.

Another challenge is matching the add-on pieces to your current hair so that the colors are compatible. Some of the traditional add-on extensions kits that come with a number of hair wefts can be difficult to self-apply without lots of practice.

Are Clip-on Extensions Right For You?

Total hair style freedom is one of the key benefits of add-on extensions, whether synthetic or 100% human hair. Why?

Regardless of the length, color, type or texture of your "real" tresses, you can instantly alter them with a variety of state-of-the-art extensions, add-on ponies, chignons, braids or fantastic revolutionary wigs.

Bored with your short Bob? Add on a lush 100% human hair ponytail, wrap a few strands around the base and slide on a chic Charmeuse silk headband to finish the look. For a fun night out pin on a synthetic chignon and create a messy hair twist. Clip on a few Swarovski encrusted mini jaws or bobbies and you are ready to party.

Are hair extensions the right option for you and your tresses? Although there are some things you need to consider with regard to your natural hair type, texture, length and condition. You also need to evaluate your budget and how much time you are willing to invest.

Jessica Simpson & Ken Paves - Revolutionary Advances In World Of Clip-In Hair Extensions

One celebrity who always has fabulous tresses for any Red Carpet Runway or major event is Jessica Simpson. It used to be true that celebrities never talked about whether they were wearing wigs, hair extensions or other hair enhancement pieces.

Jessica Simpson brought hair extensions - both fusion and add-on - out of the Hollywood closets. She not only shared the fact that she was wearing hair extensions with the media, she transformed them into the latest fashion accessory. Jessica demonstrated to the world the advantages of changing your hair to match you latest fashions, shoes and handbag.

Ironically it was extensions that brought Jessica Simpson together with her long time celebrity hairdresser Ken Paves. As the story goes, Ken was called in to help Jessica. whom he had not previously met, recover from a "challenging hair color experience" in 1998 as her singing career was taking off.

Jessica Simpson & Ken Paves at HairDo Photo Shoot April, 2006

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As a result he was asked by her record label to custom create some "emergency" hair extensions for her to wear. Of course Ken said yes because that's who Ken is.

After custom coloring 100% human hair wefts in blonde hues to match Jessica's current hue, Ken hopped a red eye flight from LA to New York where he met the superstar for the first time.

As Ken has reported to me he stayed awake (he normally tries to sleep on cross country air flights) and "spent the entire journey hand sewing the newly colored hair wefts together so that he could put them on Jessica".

Needless to say, Ken Paves did a spectacular job of fixing Jessica's hair with his human hair extensions. Jessica and Ken instantly bonded and the rest is hair history. This was just the beginning of a fairytale hair dressing collaboration that exists to this very day.

Jessica Simpson & Ken Paves - Award Winning Hairstyles

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If you look back at the history of the hairstyles that Ken has designed and crafted on Jessica you will discover the team of Jessica and Ken have had a revolutionary impact on the entire hair extension and add-on hair industries.

For over eight years the duo has put their heads together to create a dazzling array of award winning locks that Jessica proudly showed off on Red Carpets around the world.

Jessica became almost as famous for her lush shimmering blonde tresses as she did her spectacular voice.

Ultimately Jessica was named as the hair "most wanted" by other women.

Although Ken became lightening fast at custom coloring, cutting and styling the human hair extensions that he used constantly on Jessica, he kept searching for "a better way" for celebs and non-celebs alike to enjoy the beauty and convenience of hair extensions without paying the hefty salon fees or dealing with other hassles.

Even the sophisticated DoItYourselfers (DIYs) who have become experienced at putting on a system of multiple hair pieces available in the HairUWear PutOnPieces collection, Ken kept pushing for a better way.

Jessica Simpson - Taking Extensions Out Of The Closet

As Jessica "came out of the closet" about her regular use of add-on extensions, wigs and clip-ons, Ken merged his creative energies with the HairUWear corporation.

As the celebrity hairdresser spokesperson for the famous HairUWear PutOnPieces (POP) Ken created a collaborative effort with Jessica and HairUWear to develop a truly revolutionary clip-on system known as HairDo.

It is important to note that when Ken decided on a line of hair extensions to represent, he specifically chose HairUWear because they have a special program that helps chemo patients. This fact was important to Jessica as well when she agreed to help create the HairDo line that bears her name and input.

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The new system incorporates Ken's visions of clip-on hair extensions that anyone can learn to do in a matter of five minutes or less.

Working with Teresa and the other brilliant hair designers at HairUWear along with Jessica's input, the HairDo line offers a brilliant array of clip-on options for everyone who wants to wear add-on extensions.

Trust me, the new Jessica Simpson HairDo line which is scheduled to ship the first part of October will create an upward trajectory that hair watcher will extol and many add-on hair lines will aspire to but be unable to attain.

Jessica Simpson Hairdo Options

The sizzling new HairDo collection offers five fantastic style options in both synthetic and human hair compositions.

The new styles include:

  1. 10" HairDo 1 piece clip-in synthetic straight hair extension - go from longer to shorter without cutting your hair.
  2. 15" HairDo 1 piece clip-in synthetic wavy hair extension
  3. 21" HairDo 1 piece clip-in Human Hair Extension - treat this beautiful clip-in piece as you would you own hair - wash it, dry it, curl or straighten it.
  4. 22" HairDo 1 piece clip-in synthetic straight hair extension
  5. 23" HairDo 1 piece clip-in synthetic wavy hair extension.

To create the long, lush sultry look on Jessica her BFF and Celebrity Hairdresser incorporated three full sets of 18-inch human hair clip-in extensions from the HairDo line.

The wefts, which Ken custom cut for Jessica ranged in length from eight inches to one inch. All three sets of HairDo extensions were in the shade of blonde.

To create a ultra natural look you may wish to select hair sets in a range of blonde that are within two shades lighter or darker to provide more dimension.

Jessica Simpson Wears Lush Waves & Curls Compliments Of Clip-in HairDo Design

Jessica Simpson at MTV's TRL July 19, 2006

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Jessica looked absolutely stunning as she was caught leaving MTV's TRL by photographers.

The superstar had her tresses coiffed in a very sensual array of long cascading soft waves and curls.

Those not in the Jessica know might have been shocked to discover that all those gorgeous undulating waves that were beautifully cascading from a slightly messy side part were strands that Jessica was not born with.

Indeed, Jessica was wearing a series of 21" HairDo 100% human hair wefts in alternating light and darker blonde shades for dramatic all natural and contrast.

If you look closely you can see the light and dark blonde contrasts just as if Jessica had spend the summer in the sun. Natural blondes often have darker blonde strands on the underside with the light hue on top.

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Ken perfectly mimicked this natural look by mixing and matching hues within similar blonde shades.

Ken prepared Jessica's natural hair by weaving a three strand hairline braid along one side of her face with the braid ending behind her ear.

The hair wefts were painstakingly curled and finished by Ken before they were applied to Jessica's natural hair.

The advance styling allows Ken to transform Jessica's look in a matter of minutes.

One of the great benefits of the HairDo line is that anyone can recreate the stunning hairstyle that Jessica showcased for the cameras at MTV.

Whether you wanted to scale down and use just one of the 21" human hair pieces or create maximum volume with two or three pieces, it is easy to do with just a little bit of practice.

Jessica Simpson Wearing HairDo 23" HairDo 1pc Clip-In Synthetic Wavy Hair Extensions Available in 15 Shades

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While the human hair extensions offer the extra advantage of allowing for heated texture changes with curling or flat irons, the synthetic HairDo pieces can be purchased with a curl backed into the fiber.

It would be just as easy to duplicate Jessica's long lush wavy look from July at MTV by utilize the 23" Synthetic Wavy Hair Extensions.

Since they are available in a variety of contrasting shades it would be easy to select two or three sets in contrasting or complimentary colors.

An additional advantage of selecting contrasting shades is that it provides an instant look of highlights.

Another option is to start slow with just one set of the 23" synthetic wavy hair and once you are comfortable with that look, experiment with adding additional sets.

Application time is an average of five minutes and the average life of these extensions will last up to three months (depending on a variety of circumstances).

The extensions are clip-in with hair friendly clips. The approximate weight is 3.25 ounces with an overall length of 23 inches. The Base is 11x6.5 inches.

Steal Jessica's Look - Step By Step

Ken skillfully incorporated the add-on extension hair along the back to provide fullness and texture.

Jessica Simpson Visits MTV TRL August 29, 2006

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Step One: Prepare your natural hair by washing, blow drying, curling and brushing so that the front and sides smoothly and seamlessly merge with the hair pieces to provide a natural finished look.

Step Two: If you wish to exactly copy Jessica's look, create a slightly messy side part from the forehead back to the crown of the head. Direct a section of hair so that is sweeps across the forehead.

Step Three: Use your fingers or a brush to smooth your strands. Separate the hair along the front into three strands.

Braid a traditional three strand braid directing it behind the ear.

Step Four: Once you have prepped your natural hair, follow the Steps For Attaching The HairDo Extensions.

Step Five: Finish the look by "finger picking" the waves into place.

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To jazz up the look add a Swarovski encrusted barrette right above the ear on the side near the braid.

When Jessica again appeared at MTV on August 29th, she was wearing HairDo clip-on extensions.

This time Ken started by pulling all of Jessica's hair off of her face. He back brushed the hair at the crown and created a soft messy quiff, using his fingers to create separation along the top.

The hair along the crown softly flowed into a half up/half down style at the back of her head.

If you look closely you can see that the top and sides of the style is composed of Jessica's natural hair. Ken attached one of 21" human hair HairDo extensions in a blonde shade that matched Jessica's natural hair that was exposed along the sides and the top.

Ken finished the look by using a curling iron to create a soft wave pattern throughout the length of the extensions in the back.

Alternate the same hairstyle by pulling all the waves back into a low pony or wrap into a messy chignon that nestles at the base of the neck.

Jessica Simpson Rocks The Hair World In Wavy Red Clip-in HairDo Design

Jessica Simpson ALMA Award Arrivals May 6, 2006

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Jessica caused a major stir on the Red Carpet at the ALMA Awards in May of 2006.

The gorgeous star who was a presenter at the awards appeared on the carpet with an eye-popping, mouth dropping ginger hued chin length wavy do that looked spectacular against her bronzed skin and with her strapless tangerine gown.

The media was abuzz. Did she or didn't she color her buttery blonde locks? Jessica loved all the attention and confused to reporters "it's a wig".

Jessica’s longtime celebrity hairdresser and best friend, Ken Paves confirmed "the ginger shade was perfect hue of neutral red” to work in harmony with the “hair and fashion icon’s golden skin tones”.

The star, who “played a major role in all the new hair line designs with Ken”, also happens to be “the President of their new hair company.”

Ken confirmed that “the stunning wig was tested on Jessica in a photo shoot” and the results were fabulous.

Sharing inside hair scoops, Ken confided “Jess has always wanted to be a red head” and the “sizzling 100% all human hair” offered Jessica a “hot new hair look without commitment”. After all, Ken pointed out, “who better to take the sassy new wig, designed as a special tribute to Norma Jean, than Jessica?”

Jessica Simpson Wearing HairDo 15" HairDo 1pc Clip-In Synthetic Wavy Hair Extensions Available in 15 Shades

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In reality Ken had coiffed Jessica in the 15" one piece Clip-in Synthetic Wavy Hair Extension piece in the color of a rich ginger.

Explaining that Jessica’s friend, “CaCee Cobb first braided all of Jessica’s natural hair down flat”, Ken then skillfully positioned the silky hair piece “right at the star’s hairline”.

After sliding on the stunning wig, he styled her bangs in a seductive side sweep “from a deep side part”.

He carefully “smoothed one side behind her ear using his fingers to pull some of the back curls forward so that they gently caressed her cheeks”.

In preparation for the Jessica’s appearance at the ALMA awards Ken wet set and pin curled the custom colored and cut hair piece the night before the show with Paves Professional FLAWless Red Carpet Mousse. He then let the piece "air dry" for the best results.

The hair wizard then styled and curled the hairpiece, utilizing his best selling Paves Professional products such as Paves Professional - FLAWless Convertible-Proof Firm Hold Repairing Hair Spray and Paves Professional - FLAWless In The Spotlight Greaseless Essential Oil Shine Serum (the entire Paves Professional line of award winning products is available at HairBoutique.com).

Ken painstakingly used “a middle barrel curling iron to create the sexy tousled texture along the edges of the hair piece”. He finished with “a Mason Pearson brush and his famous finger styling” to achieve the perfect look.

After the gorgeous “is it really a wig” shimmering red hairpiece was snuggly in place, celebrity make-up artist Mary Phillips set to work skillfully designing Jessica’s makeup to perfectly match her saucy new hair hue.

It is obvious the star was having a lot of fun as a spicy redhead. As Jessica laughingly explained on the ALMA Red Carpet, to the myriad of frenzied reporters, her current blonde hairline (only the hairline) was “carefully covered with matching red eye shadow to match the wig”.

Go Ginger Like Jessica

Jessica Simpson Wearing HairDo 10" HairDo 1pc Clip-In Human Hair Extensions Available in 15 Shades

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Anyone can easily duplicate Jessica's instant switch from light butter blonde to ginger by selecting the 15" HairDo Clip-in Wavy Hair Extension in either R130 Dark Copper or R29S which is Glazed Strawberry.

The 15" Clip-in has sixteen multi-tonal beautiful colors to select from. If you prefer, go from light to dark or dark to light. Or select a saucy new color.

The advantage of the 15" piece is that it allowed Ken to instantly take Jessica from longer to shorter without cutting her hair or adding additional hair wefts for more volume.

Because this clip-in piece has a contoured base, longer hair can be simply pinned up under the extensions creating a mid-length wavy bob, which is very fashionable.

What are the other advantages? Besides carefully designed multi-tone colors that look like natural human hair colorations, this piece is multi-level. This means that once it is applied the piece looks like it has been carefully layered as if it were your own hair cut in layers.

Because this is just one piece you can create a sizzling new hairstyle without the hassles of working with several individual hair wefts.

Note: Blow dryers, curling irons and other thermal tools should not be used on synthetic fiber as the heat can melt the fiber.

Instructions For Easily Applying Jessica Simpson's Clip-in HairDo Design

One of Ken's goals when creating the HairDo line was to make it so easy anyone, celeb or non-celeb could attach the clip-on extensions in a matter of just a few minutes.

As a result the HairDo line has many user friendly features including a carefully constructed underside with clips.

Always open and practice applying your Jessica Simpson HairDo clip-in extensions to your hair before you plan to wear them for your next hair event.

Although it is a very easy process to install the extensions, allow yourself time to get familiar with opening and closing the clips.

Practice Opening The Clips

Lay the hair extension piece down on a clean surface with the clip side of the piece facing up. Place both of your thumbs on each side of the clip with your index fingers at the front sides of the clip. Snap the clip open by applying light pressure with the index fingers. Close the clip by again applying pressure with your thumbs. Practice opening and closing the clips until you feel totally comfortable.

Plan Your Ultimate Texture

Plan your ultimate texture. If your goal is to transform your tresses from your naturally wavy texture to stick straight, prepare your hair accordingly.

Shampoo, condition and blow dry your naturally curly and/or wavy hair straight so that any of your natural hair will merge perfectly with the add-on pieces.

If you are going from stick straight to wavy or curly you will want to add the appropriate texture to your natural hair so that the look is perfectly seamless.

Once you have your texture created on your natural hair and have practiced opening and closing the clips on the hair piece proceed with the following steps to apply the extension to your own hair.

Step One - Prepare Your Hair For Adding Hair Pieces

1. Using your thumbs, a comb with a tail or your index fingers, part your hair in a horizontal line from ear to ear. As Ken advises, part your hair by "working from temple to temple just below the crown of your head."

2. Once you have separated your hair lift all the hair above the newly created part and clip the hair out of the way using the included duck bill hair clip. If your prefer, use more than one clip to keep hair out of the way.

3. Take all the remaining hair and twist it into large flat pin curls. The goal is to get the remaining hair to lay as flat as possible since the add-on hair will be attached over it.

4. Use a comb or brush and select individual items of hair where the clips on the hairpiece will be ultimately attached. Ken advises lightly teasing those strands so that the clips will have better traction when they are attached to your natural hair. Step Two - Add The Hair Piece

1. Open all the clips that are sewn into the piece. The top middle clip should be attached first by placing it at the middle of the back of your head just below the horizontal part so that the top of the hair weft is placed evenly with the part when it is attached. Move the clip slightly downward, catching your hair in the clip and then snap it shut.

2. After you have attached the first clip make sure that it feels secure and comfortable. Attach the second and third clips. Start by attaching the left top clip next. Hold down the center clip with your right hand, and use your left hand to move the left edge of the weft as far as it will go around your head. Snap left clip shut. Holding the middle clip with your left hand, now attach the top right clip (3) in the same fashion. Check for gaps by running your fingers along the top weft to make sure it lies flat against your head. If you find a gap, open the clip and reposition.

3. Place the remaining clips. The bottom right clip is next. Pull the hair out of the way and place this clip by stretching the piece down to the bottom edge of the nape and slipping the clip into your hair, making sure the clip securely catches the hair at the end of the nape. Repeat on the left bottom clip. Next attach the right side clip behind your ears. Finally, attach the left side clip.

Step Three - Finish

1. Carefully unclip all the top hair that was clipped out of the way. Use your fingers to gently "finger pick" your natural hair to blend it with the newly applied HairDo Clip-in Extensions.

2. If you have applied a 100% human hair piece, you can touch up the texture with a hot iron or curlers.

Remember that Ken almost always prepares Jessica's add-on hair pieces and extensions in advance of her hair events. This means he has washed, set, curled and styled the human hair extension pieces (synthetic hair can not be styled with heat).

Removing The Hair Extensions

The extensions are easy to remove. Simply snap open all the clips and gently lift them up and away from your hair. It is important to remember never to try to remove the hair piece without first opening all the clips. Avoid excessive pulling or tugging to remove your hair piece so that you do not damage the piece or your own hair. Take your time to avoid any possible problems with removal.

Brush the sides and back of your hair up towards the crown so that you can attach the POP Pieces where your natural hair comes together. Attach the HairDo hair wefts underneath the top layer of your own hair.

The HairDo wefts have small combs attached to the underside of the hair. The combs, as Ken explained to me, are very easy for anyone to attach and then remove".

Once the hair is attached and arranged to your satisfaction use a small barrel curling iron to create long lush waves. To give a tousled look use your fingers to rake through the cooled curls and waves. Finish with a light spritz of hair spray.

Helpful Hint: All the celebrity hairdressers style the add-on extensions of their famous clients anywhere from a few days to a few hours before the clip-ons are added.

Follow this great tip by styling your own extensions in advance of your big event so you can just finger pick and finish with hair spray right before you leave your home.

Camouflage the area where the add-on ponytail merges with your natural hair by adding a gorgeous jeweled ponytail holder, a crystal encrusted barrette or other hair babble to draw attention away from any obvious seams or attachment pieces.

You can also take one strand from the ponytail and wrap it around the base and then anchor it to form a natural pony tail holder.

Jessica Simpson July 19, 2006

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The hair wizard then styled and curled the hairpiece, utilizing his best selling Paves Professional products such as Paves Professional - FLAWless Convertible-Proof Firm Hold Repairing Hair Spray and Paves Professional - FLAWless In The Spotlight Greaseless Essential Oil Shine Serum (the entire Paves Professional line of award winning products is available at HairBoutique.com).

Ken painstakingly used “a middle barrel curling iron to create the sexy tousled texture along the edges of the hair piece”. He finished with “a Mason Pearson brush and his famous finger styling” to achieve the perfect look.

After the gorgeous “is it really a wig” shimmering red hairpiece was snuggly in place, celebrity make-up artist Mary Phillips set to work skillfully designing Jessica’s makeup to perfectly match her saucy new hair hue.

It is obvious the star was having a lot of fun as a spicy redhead. As Jessica laughingly explained on the ALMA Red Carpet, to the myriad of frenzied reporters, her current blonde hairline (only the hairline) was “carefully covered with matching red eye shadow to match the wig”.

Steal The Celebrity Hair Extension Styles

Prepare your natural hair by washing, blow drying, curling and brushing so that the front and sides smoothly and seamlessly merge with the hair pieces to provide a natural finished look.

Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria NCLR ALMA Awards 5-7-2006

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One thing that Eva Longoria and Jessica Simpson have in common, besides the fact that they are beautiful and talented, is Ken Paves.

With his dedication and commitment to creating only the most gorgeous styles for his clients, Eva's hair has ascended to new levels of beauty under Ken's styling expertise.

At the 2006 ALMA Awards Ken had a chance to showcase his talent for almost instant hairstyle transformations. Over the very short course of the live show, Ken coiffed Eva in a array of

Long and lush in an instant.

The recent ALMA Awards honoring outstanding Latino artistic achievements in the worlds of film, television and music demonstrated that Eva Longoria is more than A Desperate Housewife.

She is incredibly multi-talented and showed the world that she has evolved into a full blown movie star. The ALMAs showcased her impressive performing, hosting and producing skills.

The awards also revealed the absolute hairstyling wizardry of celebrity hairdresser Ken Paves as he transformed the gorgeous Eva from a demure Deco Doll to a sleek sexy world class Movie Star with eight additional hair and fashion “personas” in between. Even more shocking, (but not surprising to those of us in the Ken Paves know), was the fact that the show was a live performance. Which means, in plain English, that Ken had “mere minutes, even seconds", in which to build a stunning series of ten totally different hair styles.

Ken confirmed “there was a grand total of six to ten minutes allocated for hair, make-up and fashion changes”. Which meant Eva's mane man had to perform his hair designing creations with his well-known genius precision, while in unison with the make-up artists, stylists and anyone else helping to instantly transform the star through her many eye popping ALMA fashion changes.

I've had the great good fortune to watch this hair wizard instantly transform several heads of hair into inspired creations right before my eyes. Needless to say, I was not surprised that this famous sultan of style could pull off such spectacular hairstyle designs in record time.

One of Eva's gorgeous hairstyles of the evening was designed to work with her soft golden mocha strapless gown by Esteban Cortezar. Ken arranged Eva's hair in a stunning design featuring long saucy ringlets.

The wefts, which Ken custom cut for Jessica ranged in length from eight inches to one inch. All three sets of HairDo extensions were in the shade of blonde.

To create a ultra natural look you may wish to select hair sets in a range of blonde that are within two shades lighter or darker to provide more dimension.

Prepare your natural hair by washing, blow drying, curling and brushing so that the front and sides smoothly and seamlessly merge with the hair pieces to provide a natural finished look.

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If you wish to exactly copy Jessica's look, create a slightly messy side part from the forehead back to the crown of the head. Direct a section of hair so that is sweeps across the forehead.

Use your fingers or a brush to smooth the hair. Separate the hair along the front into three strands. Braid a traditional three strand braid directing it behind the ear.

Brush the sides and back of your hair up towards the crown so that you can attach the POP Pieces where your natural hair comes together. Attach the HairDo hair wefts underneath the top layer of your own hair.

The HairDo wefts have small combs attached to the underside of the hair. The combs, as Ken explained to me, are very easy for anyone to attach and then remove".

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Once the hair is attached and arranged to your satisfaction use a small barrel curling iron to create long lush waves. To give a tousled look use your fingers to rake through the cooled curls and waves.

Finish with a light spritz of spray.

Helpful Hint: All the celebrity hairdressers style the add-on extensions of their famous clients anywhere from a few days to a few hours before the clip-ons are added. Follow this great tip by styling your own extensions in advance of your big event so you can just finger pick and finish with hair spray right before you leave your home.

Camouflage the area where the add-on ponytail merges with your natural hair by adding a gorgeous jeweled ponytail holder, a crystal encrusted barrette or other hair accessory to draw attention away from any obvious seams or attachment pieces. You can also take one strand from the ponytail and wrap it around the base and then anchor it to form a natural pony tail holder.

Eva Longoria

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The look that Ken created for the After Party, which was the tenth and last hairstyle of the evening "was straight and sleek like the previous hairstyle, but differed from the closing number by the fact that it had tons more movement, texture and shine".

Indeed, if you look at the closing hairstyle and the After Party hairstyle you will notice a significant different in the fullness and body of the strands.

Ken wanted the heavenly style "to last all night long" so he cranked up the shimmer by adding even more of his famous Shine Serum and Firm Hold Hair Spray".

Ken outdid himself whipping up a sleek, glasslike, shiny straight style that worked in perfect harmony with Eva's alluring purple gown, woven in the true color of Hollywood royalty.

Eva proved that she is true Hollywood royalty with her mesmerizing victory of hosting, performing and producing for this special event.

Eva Longoria

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To create the long, lush sultry look on Jessica her BFF and Celebrity Hairdresser incorporated three full sets of 18-inch human hair clip-in extensions from the HairDo line.

The wefts, which Ken custom cut for Jessica ranged in length from eight inches to one inch. All three sets of HairDo extensions were in the shade of blonde.

To create a ultra natural look you may wish to select hair sets in a range of blonde that are within two shades lighter or darker to provide more dimension.

Prepare your natural hair by washing, blow drying, curling and brushing so that the front and sides smoothly and seamlessly merge with the hair pieces to provide a natural finished look.

Once the hair is attached and arranged to your satisfaction use a small barrel curling iron to create long lush waves. To give a tousled look use your fingers to rake through the cooled curls and waves.

Beyonce

The bodacious Beyonce Knowles appeared at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards coiffed to absolute perfection in a full lush sleek high ponytail.

Beyonce Knowles 48th Annual Grammy Awards 2-8-2006

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It was no surprise that Beyonce wore one of the hottest hair styles for 2006 nor was it a surprise that her style was a ponytail.

Afterall, the pony has become the "it" hair style for celebrities for 2006. As celebrity stylist Ken Paves pointed out "who doesn't love a pony? It's instant polish. The perfect accessory to any look."

Indeed, in Beyonce's case the pony drew attention direct to a breathtaking pair of earrings that the award winning was wearing. The sassy hairpiece, which was most likely a clip-on piece, also showed off her long elegant neck and shoulders.

High ponytails offer many advantages from providing a sleek finish, a lot of swish (if desired) and it helps to focus attention on the cheekbones. Hollywood hairdressers have always used high ponytails to create an "instant" face lift. Not that the lovely songbird needs any help in that department.

Steal Beyonce's Look

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1. Using a brush, comb or your fingers, smooth all hair up and off the face into a very tight ponytail with the base of the tail resting at the back of the crown.

Beyonce's tresses are worn sleek along the crown. If you prefer more fullness, backcomb the hair adjacent to the forehead before pulling the hair back into the pony.

You may also opt to wear a fringe if you prefer.

2. Attach an add-on long lush pony like The Sleek Pony by PutOnPieces. The Sleek Pony is a straight, smooth mid-length synthetic hairpiece that is applied simply by a claw clip.

The top is 8 inches long, the back is 5.5 inches and the overall length is 12 inches. The pieces is long and sleek and comes in a variety of hues. It is not heat friendly.

3. Smooth the pony with your fingers.

4. After the pony is securely in place, separate a 1-2" section of your own hair and twist it up and over the clip after you have attached the pony.

Ellen Pompeo

Ellen Pompeo 58th Primetime Emmy Awards 8-27-2006

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The popular doctor from Grey's Anatomy won rave reviews for her royal purple slightly textured John Galliano for Christian Dior gown complete with a stunning a strapless bustier-style top.

To showcase the gorgeous high fashion gown the star wore her hair in a simple but stunning pony style that was completely slicked back from her beautiful face.

A very long waist hugging hairpiece. most likely a clip-on piece was attached to the back of her normally shoulder length hair.

The pony was stick straight, sleek and super shiny. It provided an abridged Lady Godiva look with her long sweep of sultry light colored hair lightly brushing across the top of her bare arem.

Since the star must maintain a similar style for her role as Meredith Grey a clip-on pony was ideal since it did not permanently alter her style.

Steal Ellen's Look

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1. Using a brush, comb or your fingers, smooth all hair up and off the face into a very tight ponytail with the base of the tail resting at the back of the crown.

Ellen's hair had some volume right along the crown. If you prefer more fullness, backcomb the hair adjacent to the forehead before pulling the hair back into the pony.

2. Attach an add-on long lush pony like The Swing Pony by PutOnPieces. The Swing Pony is a synthetic hairpiece that is applied simply by a claw clip.

The top is 23 inches long, the back is 19 inches and the overall length is 27 inches. The pieces is long and sleek and comes in a variety of hues. It is not heat friendly.

3. Smooth the pony with your fingers.

Although Ellen wore her add-on pony straight and sleek you may wish to experiment with amping it up by adding a glittering hairpin along the hairline or near the base of the pony.

Jaimie Presley

Jaime Pressley 58th Primetime Emmy Awards 8-27-2006

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One of Jaimie's long time secrets is her brilliant celebrity hair colorist Rita Hazan who has been keeping the star of My Name Is Earl sunny blonde for years.

At the recent Emmy Awards Jaime won "best dressed" and "best tressed" nods from the fashion and hair police alike.

Jaimie's hairstyle incorporates lush volume throughout the sideswept fringe which has been styled to perfectly sweep across her stunning face to highlight her eyes.

Steal Jaime's Look

1. Start by separating hair into 1-2 inch individual sections. Curl each section with a one-inch barrel hot curling iron.

2. After the entire head has been curled let the newly formed texture completely cool.

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3. Spray the new curls with a firm holding hairspray like Paves Professional - FLAWless Convertible-Proof Firm Hold Repairing Hair Spray for Dry Damaged Hair - 10 fl oz

4. Lightly brush out the curls using a Mason Pearson, Conair or similar boar's head brush.

Using a comb with a tail create a side part extending from the face line back towards the crown.

5. Direct a full sweep of hair across the forehead into a soft side-swept fringe.

6. Smooth the other side up and over the ear and pulled in back into a ponytail.

7. Attach one or two long Swing Pony hair extensions in slightly contrasting hues. Merge with your existing ponytail.

8. Roll the Swing Pony pieces into a gorgeous neat twist using your fingers.

9. Attach a synthetic add-on braid in a matching or contrasting shade. Use a braid to wrap the twist. For a more finished look secure the twisted hair in a very sheer hairnet.

Optional Look #2

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It is important to remember that Jaime had a celebrity haircolorists and hairdresser at her beck and call before the Emmy awards. This fact is reflected in her Red Carpet hairstyle.

For a no fuss, no muss quick Jaime Pressley look pull all your hair back into a tight bun or pony that rests at the nape of your neck.

Attach the HairUWear Raquel Welch Elegance hairpiece.

The Elegance piece is wrapped with a thick, lush 12" braid, this elegant chignon includes an eight-pronged "octopus" clip that securely attaches to a small ponytail or knot.

In a matter of minutes you could create a simplified version of Jaime's Red Carpet look by just clipping in the pre-braided hairpiece.

Halle Berry

Halle Berry Producers Guild Of America Celebration Of Diversity 5-9-2006

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Halle's work in films over the years has distanced her from her original label of beauty winner. Winning the Academy Award helped Halle turn the corner forever and establish herself as a serious actress of note.

The Academy Award winning actress made International headlines when she rocked a short sassy style some years ago.

Over the years she has experimented with a wide range of styles, most recently a range of hair extensions. Halle doesn't hide her appreciation of add-on hair.

While moving up the ladder of Hollywood success Halle has found a way to incorporate her personal concept regarding her hair.

She has been quoted as stating "I've suffered from too many hands, too many people who don't understand Black hair.

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Halle has noted that many people in the television and film industry want African American hair to be smooth and bone straight.

Berry constantly bucks the trends and follows her own hair Bible. At the Producers Guild Of America she adopted a sizzling clip-on pony style but with lots of waves and texture according to her own natural texture.

Steal Halle's Look

1. Using a brush, comb or your fingers, smooth all hair up and off the face into a very tight ponytail with the base of the tail resting at the back of the crown.

2. Attach an add-on long lush pony like The Swing Pony by PutOnPieces. The Swing Pony is a synthetic hairpiece that is applied simply by a claw clip.

The top is 23 inches long, the back is 19 inches and the overall length is 27 inches. The pieces is long and sleek and comes in a variety of hues. It is not heat friendly.

3. Smooth the pony with your fingers.

Christina Aguilerra

Christina Aguilerra 8-31-2006 2006 MTV Music Video Awards Radio City Music Hall

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Christina became a sizzling hot singing sensation with her Genie In A Bottle while still in her teens. After the amazing success of her debut album Christina went wild with her image.

Over the span of the last few years she has morphed through a range of hairstyles and colors designed to compliment her dizzying array of images from dirty rock girl to glam fashionista.

Christina is fond of the old glamour days of Hollywood. The look suits her well.

For her recent appearance at the MTV Music Video Awards the singer donned a 1930s inspired lace front human hair wig that had been set in a modern version of pin curls.

The style was very soft and feminine that showed her girly girl side. It also worked perfectly with her low cut V front gown and her cascading necklace.

Steal Christina's Look

It's easy to steal Christina's look by utilizing either a pre-set lace front wig that is already style with the finger waves or utilize a 100% human hair clip-in piece that can be set and curled.

The key challenge is to make sure you own natural hair is arranged in a series of pin curls that are placed flat to your head so that either the wig or the clip in piece fits comfortably and securely.

Lace Front Wig

1. Separate all of your hair into a series of flat pin curls.

2. Slide the pre-set and pre-styled lace front wig onto your head.

3. Arrange with your fingertips.

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Clip-In Extension System

1. Prepare the texture of your own hair to match the texture of the add-on piece.

2. Create a horizontal part from temple to temple near the crown.

3. Clip the top hair up and away.

4. Wrap the bottom hair into a few flat pin curls.

5. Simply snap on the HairDo piece in the desired hue. 6. Unclip the top hair and finger tousle.

7. You may optionally add hair accessories.

8. Experiment with different updos and messy twists.

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba 8-31-2006 Teen Choice Awards

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Jessica Alba won the hearts of her fans as Max in Dark Angel. From the small screen she has exploded in the world of movie land where she was a gorgeous blonde in The Fabulous Four and a major hottie in Sin City.

Jessica is constantly morphing through an array of hair colors, lengths and textures.

From time to time her hairstyles have been created for her by Jessica and Eva's celebrity hairdresser - Ken Paves.

At the 2006 Teen Choice Awards she stole the show with gorgeous wavy clip-in human hair extensions in a beautiful ginger red hue.

Steal Jessica's Look

Steal Jessica's look with one of the new HairDo 100% human hair clip-in extensions.

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Clip-In Extension System

1. Prepare the texture of your own hair to match the texture of the add-on piece.

2. Create a horizontal part from temple to temple near the crown.

3. Clip the top hair up and away.

4. Wrap the bottom hair into a few flat pin curls.

5. Simply snap on the HairDo piece in the desired hue. 6. Unclip the top hair and finger tousle.

7. You may optionally add hair accessories.

8. Experiment with different updos and messy twists.

Kyra Sedgewick

Kyra Sedgwick 58th Primetime Emmy Awards 8-27-2006

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Kyra Sedgewick has made lots of waves with her spectacular award nominated performances on TNT's The Closer.

The role of traditional Southern Belle Chief Brenda Lee Johnson has been the role of a lifetime for the very talented actress.

A key part of any role that an actress plays is how she physically represents the character she is playing.

For her work on The Closer Kyra wears her hair in a long blonde style that is often pulled up in messy twists or ponytails. This look would suit her character who is a very busy investigator with little time for visits to the salon.

For her appearance at the 58th Primetime Emmey Awards where she was nominated for her Closer role Kyra amped up her normally beautiful blonde locks to maximum lushness.

It appears that Kyra was wearing multiple sets of hair wefts in very subtle contrasting shades. Panels of blonde hair were added to Kyra's natural hair.

Steal Kyra's Look

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1. Prepare the texture of your own hair to match the texture of the add-on piece.

2. Create a horizontal part from temple to temple near the crown.

3. Clip the top hair up and away.

4. Wrap the bottom hair into a few flat pin curls.

5. Simply snap on the HairDo piece in the desired hue. 6. Unclip the top hair and finger tousle.

7. You may optionally add hair accessories.

8. Experiment with different updos and messy twists.

Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan 9-5-2006 63rd International Venice Film Festival

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Lindsay Lohan is a hair chameleon. Depending on the movie role she is filming or the Red Carpets she is gracing the young star has shown up in an array of mind blowing hair styles, hues and lengths.

As a hot commodity the actress has access to the very best hairdressers and colorists in the world. She also has access to gorgeous hair extensions, wigs and add-on pieces.

At the 63rd International Venice Film Festival Linds (as her friends call her) was wearing long and lush chocolate brown tresses that were most likely 100% human hair wefts.

It is also most likely that the wefts were custom cut and colored just for Lindsay.

The extensions were expertly merged into her existing hair to provide both volume and length. After the hair pieces were applied they were lightly curled around the perimeter to create a soft luscious wave.

Steal Lindsay's Look

You can easily re-create Lindsay's look with one of the many fabulous new clip-in hair extensions from HairUWear.

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The new Jessica Simpson HairDo collection includes a 23 inch Clip-In Synthetic Wavy Hair Extension that could be quickly used to copy Lindsay's Venice Film look.

1. Prepare the texture of your own hair to match the texture of the add-on piece.

2. Create a horizontal part from temple to temple near the crown.

3. Clip the top hair up and away.

4. Wrap the bottom hair into a few flat pin curls.

5. Simply snap on the HairDo piece in the desired hue. 6. Unclip the top hair and finger tousle.

7. You may optionally add hair accessories.

8. Experiment with different updos and messy twists.

Crafted with Kanekalon Vibralite modacrylic fiber, which is the finest quality of synthetic fiber available, this extension system consists of one multi-level contoured piece that creates an easy, fashionable style without the hassle of working with several individual hair wefts.

If you prefer, you can also achieve the same look with the 1005 human hair clip-in version.

Rhianna

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Rhianna Kravi - Rhianna to her fans - has recently burst upon the scene like a shoot star.

Hailing from the island of Barbados, Rhianna has already demonstrated her savvy at select hairstyles that flatter her beautiful face.

Like all the other stars featured in this piece, Rhianna has access to great hairdressers.

In today's world of celebrity hairdressing add-on hair is one of the most important styling tools that is utilized.

At the MTV Music Awards Rhianna was wearing what looking like a long sweeping wig.

Alternatively the look could have been just as easily created with a two or ten piece set of human hair clip-in extensions.

Steal Rhianna's Look

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The new Jessica Simpson HairDo collection includes a 22 inch Clip-In 100% Human Hair Extension that could be quickly used to copy Rhianna's Venice Film look.

1. Prepare the texture of your own hair to match the texture of the add-on piece.

2. Create a horizontal part from temple to temple near the crown.

3. Clip the top hair up and away.

4. Wrap the bottom hair into a few flat pin curls.

5. Simply snap on the HairDo piece in the desired hue. 6. Unclip the top hair and finger tousle.

7. You may optionally add hair accessories.

8. If you wish, you can easily twist the add-on piece into a side or back twist or other messy updo.

Summary

Thanks to the fabulous new clip-in add-on options available on the market, women with short to long layered tresses can quickly and easily change their lengths, texture and volume of their hairstyles in just minutes.

As an example, the sizzling new HairDo Line of clip-in extensions which Jessica Simpson created with her famous BFF and celebrity hairdresser Ken Paves is affordable, lightweight and very easy to attach. These virtually undetectable hair extensions can be put in and take out in a matter of just minutes. Literally.

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